The Valdichiana is a land of blurred borders but with a uniquely defined identity. The scenery surrounding the seventeenth-century “Leopoldine” farmsteads and the old villages that stand on hilltops have become the symbols of this territory. There are 10 principal towns: Cetona, Chianciano Terme, Chiusi, Montepulciano, Pienza, San Casciano dei Bagni, Sarteano, Sinalunga, Torrita di Siena and Trequanda.
The Strada del Vino Nobile di Montepulciano e dei Sapori della Valdichiana Senese connects all ten of these towns, promoting culture, typical products, natural and historic attractions. It is a road with typical flavors worth tasting, a time out bathing in thermal waters, a journey to discover Vino Nobile and its producers in the cellars carved into the rock and tufa, and a time of rest and relaxation surrounded by singular art and unforgettable views.
The Montepulciano area is famous for producing Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG, a fine wine that is among the oldest in Italy. Other appellations promoted and protected by the Consortium are Rosso di Montepulciano DOC and Vinsanto di Montepulciano DOC. Extra-virgin olive oil is important too; DOP Terre di Siena is the most common.
Other food products: Pienza pecorino cheese, Chianina meat, Cinta Senese cured meats.
Traditional recipes: pici (handmade pasta), ribollita (vegetable and bean soup) and desserts (cantucci, panforte and pan co’santi).
The Strada del Vino Nobile di Montepulciano e dei Sapori della Valdichiana Senese organizes the following events during the year: “I Mercoledì del Nobile”, “Calici di Stelle a Montepulciano” (www.calicidistellemontepulciano.it), “Mostra Mercato dell’Artigianato ArteArti” (www.artigianatoinmostra.it) and “Valdichiana Eating” (www.valdichianaeating.it).
The operational headquarters of the Strada del Vino Nobile di Montepulciano e dei Sapori della Valdichiana Senese is the info point in Palazzo del Capitano in Piazza Grande, 7, Montepulciano. Open year round, the office provides information and a complimentary last-minute free booking service as well as a wide selection of tours and experiences to discover the area.
Cover image credit: Consorzio Vino Nobile di Montepulciano